As it was predicted already in 1968 by Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) and Arthur C. Clark (1917–2008) in the science ction movie 2001 – A Space Odyssey [Kubrick, 1968] the future has arrived. Computers are by now playing a prominent role in our everyday lives. Over the past decades they have evolved from big, monstrous mainly industrial machines to small mobile and extremely powerful devices that are in one way or another used by presumably every human being in the developed world. The quote by the ‘supercomputer’ HAL 9000 from Kubrick's movie shows that the computer is equipped with human-like qualities. It possesses natural language capabilities for both, understanding and speaking, the ability of logical reasoning and proactive behaviour, just to name a few character traits. The human characters of the movie are quoted in the movie to describe the computer as a sixth member of their space ship crew.


Automatic Speech Recognition User Acceptance Dialogue System Natural Language Generation Speech Output 


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© Springer-Verlag US 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Information TechnologyUlm UniversityUlmGermany

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